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  • Democrats To Sec. DeVos: Parents Must Know When Seclusion And Restraint Occurs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Oversight of the Administration

    After the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report urging the U.S. Department of Education to implement recommendations to address inaccuracies in federal restraint and seclusion data, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-8), on Tuesday led a group of 42 members of Congress, including U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), top Democrat on the HELP Committee, and... Read more

  • Beyer, House Democrats Demand Accountability For Agents Who Posted Racist, Misogynist Messages On CBP Facebook Groups
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and 23 Representatives today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan seeking details to ensure Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents who posted racist, misogynist, and anti-immigrant messages and images in two Facebook groups will be held accountable. They wrote: “We are deeply disturbed by the recently revealed secret Facebook groups for current and retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ... Read more

  • Beyer Votes To Raise Minimum Wage
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-08) issued the following statement on his vote for H.R. 582, the “Raise the Wage Act,” which would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025: “For decades, Americans earning the minimum wage have watched the monetary value of their 40-hour work week plummet. Today’s single mom with two kids earning the federal minimum wage falls thousands of dollars below the poverty threshold. As our economy continues to evolve, hardworking Americans are be... Read more

  • Beyer And Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Encourage Charitable Giving
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Legacy IRA Act, legislation to encourage charitable giving by American seniors. The bill would expand the Charitable IRA Rollover to treat donations made by retirees to gift annuity programs as pre-tax income. “Our bipartisan legislation encourages American seniors to continue and increase their generous contributions to worthy charitable causes,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). “So many good institutions and organizations ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Impeachment Resolution Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Beyer issued the following to statement today on his vote for a motion to table Rep. Al Green’s resolution which would refer one article of impeachment against President Trump for racist tweets directly to the U.S. Senate: “I strongly support an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Trump. I voted to table H. Res. 489 because it would effectively prevent the House from conducting such an inquiry. “I believe that we have substantial evidence, both in the Mueller Report and elsewh... Read more

  • Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies’ Proposed Relocation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He was joined on the letter by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Dutch Ruppersbe... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Bill to Improve Low-Income Individuals’ Access to Workforce Training
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy

    Yesterday, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Pre-apprenticeship Promotion Act. The bill would help strengthen the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program by ensuring pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships are considered in the training process. The bill aims to make HPOG more responsive to local workforce needs, while opening additional health care industry opportunities for underserved communities. “Too many Americans are struggling to make ends meet and too many health care job... Read more

  • Beyer Votes to Honor 9/11 Victims and Heroes and Pass a Permanent Reauthorization of September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Today, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) voted to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve. “On September 11, 2001, America suffered an unimaginable tragedy and witnessed the incredible heroism of hundreds of first responders who put themselves at ... Read more

  • House-Passed Legislation Includes Paid Family Leave For Federal Workers, Blocks Elimination Of OPM
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the passage of two measures to support the federal workforce, which were included in H.R. 2500, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, which passed in the House 220-197, included the legislative text of Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, of which Beyer is a lead cosponsor. It also incorporated an amendment offered by Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer of Virginia and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton which would block the Trump Adm... Read more

  • House Adopts Beyer’s NDAA Amendments On Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Last night the House of Representatives adopted a set of amendments to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act, including two offered by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) which would address helicopter noise in the National Capital Region. “Despite widespread complaints from residents across the National Capital Region and our engagement with the Pentagon on this issue, every indication suggests that helicopter noise keeps getting worse,” said Beyer. ... Read more